Santapau's Ceropegia
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Santapau's Ceropegia
ative Photo: Pradnyavant Mane
Common name: Santapau's Ceropegia • Marathi: काडा खान्तुडी Kada Khantudi
Botanical name: Ceropegia santapaui    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Santapau's Ceropegia is an erect, tuberous herb, endemic to Western Ghats of Maharashtra. Flattened, large, pointed dome is one of the characteristics of this species. It is a twinning herb, up to 1.5 m long, nearly hairless. Leaves are boradly to narrowly lance-shaped, 5-12 cm long, 2-4 cm wide, on stalks which are up to 3.5 cm long. Flowers are borne in a 4-9 flowered umbel. Flowers are white to pale pink, 1-1.5 cm, with an ovoid inflated part below and a straight tube. The petals on top are boradly ovate to heart-shaped, 4-7 X 4-10 mm, with the tips fused together, forming a depressed globe. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Pradnyavant Mane Photographed in Ratanagiri, Maharashtra.

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